TED Talk: Depression, the Secret We Share

In this TED talk, Andrew Solomon concisely and effectively offers insight to many unspoken and misunderstood facets of depression from what it feels like, what it is, to alternative solutions and socionomic prevalence and implications.  He opens up about his own experience with depression and how he was able to overcome it.  Solomon uses experiences of friends dealing with depression, confessions of people at conferences, and findings of his research to suggest that depression is “a family secret that everyone has”, alluding to how widespread depression really is.  Solomon speaks to the still evident idea that depression is misunderstood and that treatment is still looked at with “distaste”.  Solomon speaks to the value of recognizing depression and offers that the “opposite of depression is not happiness, it is vitality”.